CARL, Kevin James
July 22, 1957 — January 4, 2024
Kevin James Carl was born on July 22, 1957, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on January 4, 2024, at 4:20 pm at the age of 66.
He is survived by his sister Kerri (Ricardo); son Michael (Flynn); daughter Selena; Rosann Nanci; lifelong friends Lisa and Bill Mitchell and many dear and close friends. Haley will miss your belly rubs and treats. Kevin is predeceased by his father Bob; mother Joan; sister Cindy; and Grandma Alice.
At the age of 17, Kevin joined the Navy, eager to explore and travel the world and all it had to offer. One of Kevin’s greatest accomplishments is having served his country, earning many medals and great recognition. After his time in the Navy, Kevin met Rosann in 1989, and they married in 1995. Kevin and Rosann then welcomed their two beautiful children, son Michael, and daughter Selena. Kevin is also survived by his son Scott, from a previous relationship, who now resides in Finland.
Kevin was a Red Seal Chef and enjoyed many years catering in the Kelowna area. He then pursued a different career path as an educator, teaching in the Kelowna school district for 20 years, and retiring in 2018. Kevin is remembered as an avid outdoorsman — he loved being outside and in nature, enjoying the beautiful, warm sunshine at the river or the champagne powder at the ski hills. He was an avid skier, fly fisherman (with the skill of tying his own flies!), and thoroughly enjoyed paddleboarding. His love for the outdoors and activity extended beyond his own life, making him an avid sports fan, always cheering on his Vancouver Canucks in good seasons, and in bad. Kevin also had a deep love for all kinds of music and was extremely proud of his record collection. He adored concerts and has hundreds of ticket stubs, each with its own story. Alluding to stories, Kevin was known as a great storyteller who always had a story to share to make you laugh, smile, and feel good about life. He looked at the glass as half full.
The family would like to thank Dr. Natalie Angus for her compassion and care, along with Dr. Strauss and Maureen of the MAID program. Your empathy, grace, and professionalism are beyond words — we are very thankful to you. We would also like to extend a thank you to the palliative community nurses. Your patience and kindness was appreciated.
At Kev’s request, a Celebration of Life in his honour will be held at Springfield Funeral Home later in the spring. This will be followed by a social get-together to reminisce about the good times shared.
As Kev always said: “It’s not goodbye, it’s see ya later on the next adventure.” Rest easy Kev.
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